Damnation - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,451
Reviews: 1,105
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 383
Gots: 824 | FT: 55
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Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: beerguy101 on 09-19-2003

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Ratings: 3,451 | Reviews: 1,105
Photo of Tfols
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bit of fruit on this I wasn't expecting. Opened too cold, so really evolved as I let it warm a bit.

Photo of EBaez
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth taste and finish, a very balanced and refreshing ale.

Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a hazy yellow with a fluffy white head

Smell: Straw, yeast, wheat, lemon peel

Taste: Cloves, lemon peel, bready grain, yeast, pepper

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, good Belgian style carbonation

Overall: A pretty good brew, I enjoyed thoroughly

Photo of jooler
3.31/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pretty bitter. I'm not really a strong ale fan but this is pretty good. This is like a really high quality shock top. But not really worth the money

Photo of Buzz3d
4.94/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

was not expecting such a smooth Strong Pale...really enjoyed this.

Photo of CraigTravor
4.89/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. It is yet another offering from RR that has lived up to the hype.

Photo of AndyEdgar
2.5/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My least favorite from the cork in cage series from Russian River

Photo of Racinjoe
3.09/5  rDev -25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not true Belgian strong. To light on flavor and body.

Photo of maxcoinage
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split bottle w/my sis in law, who's a big Belgian Pale fan. One of the best American made I've had. just the right amount of sweetness, Belgian yeast, lemon, biscuit. great mouthfeel, carbonation

Photo of Roguer
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful hazy golden ale, cloudy lemon-orange hue, topped with a fluffy snow-white head. Good retention, and individual lines of lacing.

Immediate strong Belgian pale aroma: straw and Belgian candi sugar, yeast, and wheat. Sharp citrus slices through.

Classic Belgian pale flavor, but really delicate and well integrated: cloves, bananas, sugar, light lemon; a hint of citric acid without cutting through the soft sweetness; chewy malt flavors.

Lively feel with noticeable foaming, but otherwise soft and sticky in the mouth. A delicate brew that somehow demands slow sips.

This is an exceptional Belgian strong pale ale. Similar brews: Duvel, NEBCO 668. This might be as perfectly put together as any in the style I've ever had. Truly exceptional balance and overall feel.

Photo of Taybeh
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%

From a bottle, into a tulip
A: cloudy pale gold, nice 1 finger head that then subsides.
S: coriander, lemon peel, grain and bread dough
T: follows the nose, but really progresses well. Starts with sweet kiss, then some peel and bitterness, and a little pepper, then some malty goodness, then a little more bitterness at the end.
M: Absolutely fantastic, on this front, and it progresses wonderfully, with each stage feeling a little different. Crisp, the flavors pop, then its creamy and smooth, then it ends a little dry, but not too much. Good carbonation. Fairly light bodied.

Photo of andrewjraab
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

**Acquired from a trade with my good buddy Mike Roberts - thanks Mike.

A - Pours a pale yellow almost peach color. Cloudy with wispy clouds of white head.

S - Coriander, yeast, banana, grains, bread dough.

T - Phenolic, heavy yeast profile, bread grain. Low to medium body and creamy and slick mouth feel.

O - Interesting offering from RR - a solid brew that is worth a try, but I wouldn't trade for it again.

Notes - I drank this with just over year of age on it.

Photo of dar482
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

The beer comes in a hazy golden orange.

The aroma has banana with spice. Then onto lime, dried apricot, and sugary sweetness.

The flavor follows with orange peel, a refreshing quality, despite its sweetness. Then onto clove, sweet apricot and peach. A clean drying quality in the back.

Photo of santomark
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

A - Pours this hazy lemon yellow color, tints of orange, soap white head, poured slowly so about a nickels worth of head. Very active yeast in this one.

S - Spice, banana, lemon peels, orange peels, citrus peels, fresh baked bread, molasses, sweet tarts.

T - You need to be quick with picking this one apart. One minute you taste it, the next it's gone. Upfront you get the sweetness, molasses, a spotting banana, ends with a great citrus peel taste, lemon, orange, very refreshing. Towards the end you get a very nice malt presence, and the alcohol abv is pretty evident in the left over taste.

M - Light bodied, the yeast and sugar content really get the carbonation going, at times it feels like a soda. Great pale ale features with dry finish.

O - This is extremely refreshing. I wish this came in a 6 or even a 12 pack. Sadly RR doesn't offer their beers this way. This one is really unique, the banana and citrus peel notes give it that classic Belgian taste. The dry finish from the pale ale style really gave this a refreshing finish that left me wanting more. Moreover, the star of this beer was the yeast; it flawlessly combined both of these great styles into one wonderful and unique beer. A must try for anyone that is a fan of the style.

Photo of Wobbly
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Its no Duvel, but this is attempt at a strong Belgian pale. A bit sweeter and less dry than most Belgian versions, but still quite good.

Photo of coriswrasse
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

deep into the flight of all beers at the brewery. this is a excellent golden ale. great malt flavor with a slight hop back. nice Belgian flavor. smooth and consistent.

Photo of LittleDon
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Beautiful presentation, big fluffy head, cloudy and golden. Very typical of the style. Dry, medium-light, bitter finish. Fruit candy element in the aroma and taste.

Photo of SFNC
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

This one poured a nice dark golden with a minimal head, even though it seems plenty carbonated. The smell is faint, but pleasant, with a light cirtus, peppery smell. The taste is dry and spicy with a funky aftertaste and a dry effervescent mouthfeel. It has a champagne feel to it. What started as a merely satisfying drink turned into a very enjoyable one by the finish. This is my first taste of something from Russian River and I must say that they live up to the hype on this one.

Photo of sfprint
2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

Batch 71

A: Beautiful orange color, with very little visible carbonation. Cloudy with little fish pellets of yeast on the bottom.
S: Mild heavy honey.
T: Pretty sour in not a particularly pleasant way. Sour and slightly heavy. Underneath that there's a nice
M: Slightly astringent with basically no carbonation
O: Disappointing. But would be pretty good if the sourness didn't ruin it.

Photo of MasterfulIdiot
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Riedel tulip. The liquid is a cloudy orange with tons of bubbles rising up to form a huge, pillowy four-finger head that rose up instantly upon the gentlest pour I could muster. Leaves a thick sheet of lace down the sides of the glass as you drink it.

Aroma is very Belgian - yeast, dried lemons, grapes, banana, cloves, pineapple, apple cider, light coriander, and just a hint of funk. Plus a lot more that I can't really name. There's definitely a vinous quality to it, and the aroma is weirdly thick, especially when you swirl it around. Really nice and complex aroma - exactly what I would hope for.

Taste hits your mouth like a soft feathery pillow stuffed with bananas and bread (not banana bread), which then explodes with all the other flavors from the nose, with the addition of a spicy, peppery hop character. Finish is raisins, figs, and grapes, with a perfect little alcohol kick. Aftertaste is dark fruit, and incredibly clean - not too sweet or too bitter. Wow - all of the flavors really work together to be maximally delicious. Really incredible!

Mouthfeel is wonderfully pillowy from the generous carbonation, and really silky. Body is moderately thick, but helped along by the carbonation. Works perfectly for the flavors.

Overall, really delicious beer that I wasn't all that excited for, since this is what I got when I passed through Santa Rosa but missed out on Pliny. But I just feel totally blown away by it. Makes me really eager to try some other strong golden ales!

Photo of TWStandley
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2012 vintage poured into my HF wine glass. Been sitting on this for a while and decided to give it a whirl.

Appeared a clear, golden yellow color with a modest white head that dissipated relatively quickly, leaving minimal lacing on my glass.

Smells of Belgian yeast, slight tart lemon and cherry notes. Smells quite balanced.

Taste is amazing. Light Belgian flavors mixed with a bit of sour funkiness. I love the subtlety of each flavor. Very approachable and refreshing.

Mouth feel is lively and refreshing. Shocked by the carbonation even after this long in the cellar.

Overall a delicious treat. Blew away any expectation I had. Went in not knowing really what to expect but coming away quite pleased! Yum!

Photo of Antnego
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Opened cold into a chilled Pilsner glass. Appearance is a cloudy golden haze... Great looking beer. Little to no head/lacing. Nose consists of chocolate, tobacco, lemon zest, with a healthy dose of "wet dog" funk up front. Mouthfeel is exceptionally dry, ropy and sticky with mild carbonation crispness. Taste is astringency balanced with malty sweetness and hints of vanilla, citrus fruit, tobacco and oak. A very nice emulation of a true Belgian, with RR's trademark funk in the mix.

Photo of snowmageddon
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a: golden hue with an ample white/slightly off-white head. Small lacing that retains fairly well.
s: On the nose I get pear, apples, and honey.
t: prickly carbonation, slightly tart with lemon, pepper, coriander coming through; finish with floral, spicy hops lingering
m: high carbonation, medium-light body
o: nice beer. I don't drink a lot in this style, but it's one of the better versions I've had in recent memory. This inexplicably sat in my cellar for a year (bottled 4/22/2013), and I am pleasantly surprised at how it has held up. Will get again next time I am within their distributors' range.

Photo of beerbellydaddy
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This pours a light golden color and is somewhat opaque. It is heavily carbonated and offers a full pure white head and lacing.
It smells wonderful; sort of a clean, yet musty malt aroma.
It has a mild yet pleasant taste, unobtrusive, somewhat dry, clean and crisp but retains an earthy undertone. The carbonation surely adds to the experience, rather creamy and bubbly with a dry finish.
I'm mostly an IPA guy, but this is a very pleasing summertime ale. The name doesn't seem to fit the beer however - it should be something like Summer Shade. Good stuff though.

Photo of ZachHodgson
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opened this after holding onto it for a couple of years. The time just seemed right. It only seemed fitting to enjoy this from my Russian River stemware.

A: Perfectly clear and golden with a light effervescence. Leaves some nice lacing.

S: This beer carries a strong note of belgian stone fruit with some tart cherry and a bit of funk.

T: The stone fruits are much more subdued on the tongue and the funk comes a little more forward. There's also some bright acidity.

M: Lightly effervescent with a medium mouthfeel.

O: Aged well for a low-ish alcohol beer. I wasn't quite sure how well this one would turn out so I find myself pleased this night. This isn't the best golden strong ale I've ever had, but it's certainly a contender.

Damnation from Russian River Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,451 ratings.